Douglas Bader (Kindle)
A Biography of the Legendary World War II Fighter Pilot
Douglas Bader was a legend in his lifetime and remains one today 100 years after his birth. A charismatic leader and fearless pilot he refused to let his severe disability (loss of both legs in a flying accident) ground him. He fought the authorities as ruthless as he did the enemy and not only managed to return to the front line but became a top scoring ace. His innovative tactics (The Big Wing) ensured his promotion and he led a key group of squadrons during the dark days of the Battle of Britain.
His luck ran out when he was shot down and captured; he only escaped his burning fighter by cutting away one of his artificial legs.
As a POW he was a thorn in the Germans' side and he was sent to Colditz Castle.
As this perceptive book reveals Bader, the hero, was at times a difficult over-bearing man, no doubt in part due to the pain he suffered. But his strengths far outweighed his weaknesses and his place in the annuals of British history is secure.
This is a timely republication of an important biography.
Review by Eric ProbertThe newsletter of the North Weald Airfield Museum Association
There have been many books written on Bader- Amazon suggests at least 15 alternative titles – but I don't think any other biographer had such a close personal relationship with Bader than John Rayne Turner. Within these 252 pages with 21 black and white illustrations is a fitting tribute to this inspirational and courageous leader both in war and peace. You will learn not only of a hero and great tactical leader but also of a sometimes difficult and overbearing person whose strengths outweighed his weaknesses.
'A fitting tribute to a man who didn't understand the meaning of defeat and was an inspiration to millions...if you've never read the story of Douglas Bader, then I can whole-heartedly recommend this biography to you.'Military Aircraft Monthly Magazine, Feb 2010